Packing for travel during the pandemic

Packing for a trip during the pandemic

March 22, 2021

We all know that travelling during the pandemic is and will continue to be different from what we've known so far, and more challenging than what we are used to. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible, just that it requires a bit more preparation.

In the spirit of adjusting to this ‘’new normal,’’ let's talk about some useful stuff on how to pack for a trip, whether you’re going on a weekend getaway or an extensive backpacking trip!

What to pack

Firstly, keep in mind that there is no need for panic or frantic packing of every single bottle of disinfectant you could find. Whole world is in the same situation at the moment, which means that all the necessities you might need you can get anywhere you go.

So, you definitely shouldn’t abandon your standard packing checklist that helps you remember what clothes, shoes, cosmetics etc. you want to pack, but you definitely want to add a few pandemic essentials to it. 

And, even though by now you can buy hand sanitiser, face masks and other necessities almost everywhere you go, it would be good to pack some of these things for just-in-case scenarios, because we all know how travelling can be unpredictable and you might end up in a situation where you don’t have the access to shops for a few days.

The good thing is that most of these things are small and won’t take up much space in your luggage but packing them could literally be a life-saver.

So here is our useful packing checklist of pandemic essentials:

  • Face masks
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Disinfectant spray and/or wipes
  • Hand soap
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Pain killers
  • Protective bags
  • Tissues
  • Portable charger
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand Cream

Things to keep in mind

When packing, keep in mind certain quantity restrictions, especially when travelling by plane. Even though a lot of airlines have increased the quantity limit for hand sanitisers, you might want to play it safe and bring a few smaller bottles instead of just one big bottle, or opt for disinfectant wipes instead.

Wipes are definitely a good idea to have because they can be used for surfaces as well, if you are in a place where you don’t trust hygienic standards or, for example, want to wipe down a table or a chair before using it.

You might not think that gloves or protective bags are essential because most of the places keep pretty high hygienic standards due to the pandemic, but you might feel safer storing your mask or toothbrush in a clean ziplock bag rather than just throwing it into your backpack or cosmetic bag.

Another thing you might not think is necessary is hand soap, but a lot of public toilets may not be very quick with refilling their dispensers. A little packet of soap sheets could come in handy (no puns intended). This also goes for tissues.

Hand cream sounds more like a luxury than a necessity, especially for people who don’t have sensitive skin but, trust me, after you use a hand sanitiser 10 times in an hour, you will be happy you remembered to put this tube of moisturizing goodness in your bag along with your lip balm.

Keep in mind that some places might put their public phone chargers out of use for the public due to hygiene regulations, so having a portable charger could be a lifesaver.

And now, cue the eye-rolls, but consider bringing a selfie stick. Because yes, you’d love to make a super cool group photo with your friends, but do you really want strangers touching your phone or camera to take a pic for you?

And last but not least, the piece of advice I’d like to leave you with is - even though travelling during the pandemic is challenging and might restrict you from experiencing some things, don’t let it prevent you from having a great time.

Here in Swanky Mint we are respecting all the restrictions and standards required, while still making sure to give our guests the best experience possible. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns, and we will make sure you have the best time staying with us because - we are all in this together! 🙂

Author: Valentina Fišić

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